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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Twenty-Five First Lines, Fifteen Correct Guesses, Ten Hints

Here are the lines nobody's guessed yet from this meme. I have appended the next line from each song (except in the case of #10 where that would give you the title), as well as a little background information.

Now off you go.

5. Never meant you no harm, never meant you no harm, yeh yeh
Never spun you no yarn, never spun you no yarn, yeh yeh

From the third album by this successful Welsh band. The band's lead singer subsequently moved to Nashville and left the rest of us playing this strange song. The title is nowhere to be found in the lyrics.

7. Une rue les gens passent, les gens comme on les voit
Juste un flux, une masse, sans visage, sans voix

From the second biggest-selling French album of all time, eclipsed only by the same combination of singer and songwriter on a previous album. The singer has been much derided over the years, but on these albums her performances are outstanding. This single reached number 20 in the French chart, picking up a silver disc on the way.

8. Indifference is the hardest blow
It is the wind and icy snow


The title track from this singer/songwriter's first album has recently been used in a T-Mobile ad. The length of time between that album and the follow-up from which this song comes makes Kate Bush's hiatus look very brief. Once again, the title doesn't appear in this song.

10. If you should tell me that I'll always be the one you'll always love so true
Then I can tell you (lalalalalalalalalalala==song title here==lalalalalalalalalalala)


This song, taken from the musical Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp, was released at the end of 1964 and was in the charts at the same time as Downtown, I Feel Fine, and The Promised Land. The singer, just as much derided as the singer of #7, has since received a knighthood.

15. Somethin' filled up my heart with nothin'
Someone told me not to cry


How could you not get this track, from an album judged one of the records of the year for 2005 by Mojo magazine?

19. In the days, the golden days, when everybody knew what they wanted
It ain't here today, through the times of lasting love


Lisa knows the answer to this one, as she set it herself only a month or so back. From the band's 1997 self-titled album.

21. The memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime
You shuffle in the gloom of the sick room and talk to yourself as you die


The words to this one sort of appear: from the soundrack of a rather pretentious film, they were released in late 1972, only a few months before the band's most famous album was released.

22. All night long you’ve been looking at me
Well you know you’re the dance hall cutie that you love to be


You're allowed to feel ashamed of knowing this one. A staple of college discos when I was a student in the early 1970s, it spent four weeks at number one in 1974. Hit the strobes....
23. So far from home, my cry of pain won't ease my longing heart
I miss you Mam, I miss you Dad, I'm falling apart

An affecting ballad from the most famous band ever to come out of Tuam in Co. Mayo. An earlier single became the biggest selling Irish single ever. Again, not one where the lyrics appear in the song tself

25. With your photographs of Kitty Hawk and the biplanes on your wall
You were always Amy Johnson from the time that you were small

From this artist's biggest-selling album, this song comes from back in the 1970s and is still in the performer's playlist. It name-checks Faith, Hope and Charity, the three elderly biplanes which defended Malta from the Luftwaffe until some Hurricanes could be shipped out there.

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